Last year there were 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures carried out in the US alone (according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
This is a 2% increase on 2014 which proves that cosmetic surgery is only getting more and more popular - and I am sure you have noticed! But did you also know that one in five people who undergo plastic surgery are unhappy with the results whether it’s because it doesn’t reach the expectations they had, it goes wrong completely or they face medical complications following surgery.
Any sort of surgery is scary and involves some risk, so it’s a massive decision to make - not to mention an expensive one if you want it carried out by the best. Instead, why not consider some non-surgical alternatives if cosmetic surgery is something you’re pondering.
Lip Fillers VS Lip Liner
Thanks to the likes of Kylie Jenner, who openly admitted to having lip fillers to obtain her fuller looking lips, this cosmetic procedure has become more popular than ever over the last couple of years.
Though it isn’t technically surgical, it is still a risky, pricey and potentially painful means of getting larger lips. Why not try a safer and far cheaper method (bare in mind lip fillers are only temporary too) in the form of lip liner. The technique of ‘over-lining’ your lips - basically drawing your lip liner a little further out than your actual lip line - was endorsed by Kylie herself and it really does work when done correctly. Plus, unlike injections, if you don’t like the way that it looks (full lips are not for everyone) you can just get rid.
Tummy Tuck VS Waist Trainers
Another cosmetic procedure made popular by the Kardashian clan are tummy tucks, where the excess fat and skin is removed from the stomach creating a smoother and firmer profile. Though celebrities constantly deny using this method as a fast-track to a slimline waist and curvier figure, it hasn’t stopped just under 3,000 procedures from taking place in the UK last year; an 8% increase on previous years.
But there is an alternative method that doesn’t require you to be cut open and it goes by the name of ‘waist-trainer’ or ‘waist shaper’. This body shaping beauty product is endorsed by a ton of celebrities on social media who claim that this alone has caused their new shapely figure. Whether it’s true or not, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide purchased one in 2015 despite the many health warnings given by experts. Maybe just try some sit-ups and cardio.
Breast Enlargement VS Push Up Bras
Still the most popular cosmetic procedure of them all, breast enhancement has been one of the leading reasons for women to undergo cosmetic surgery for years.
It can be a massive insecurity for women of all ages but this surgery could come with many costs including a 46% chance of having to undergo a reoperation within three years, a 21% chance of the silicone leaking or breaking and a 10% chance of not being able to breastfeed.
But these days, surgery is not the only answer for women wanting a slightly fuller figure. As technology evolves, there are a mass of great chest enhancing bras on the market at very affordable prices. It may not be a permanent solution, or a satisfactory one for some, but it’s worth trying before diving into such a costly surgery.
Butt Shots VS Squats
Probably the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the past ten years as every woman now looks to fuller-figured, curvy celebs like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, as ideal standards of beauty.
Again, these injections are quite dangerous, even lethal, especially when they’re not carried about by a licensed professional, and I have read more horror stories about butt implants than I can count on both hands.
Yet, there is a healthier solution in the form of exercise. It won’t enlarge the bottom area but it does lift and shape it, often leaving you with a more attractive and realistic looking bum than an injection would have done anyway.
Simply aim to do 20 squats a day, five days a week and within two weeks you’ll see a noticeable difference.
Botox VS Moisturiser
Botox has become so affordable and accessible that it is almost becoming the norm, especially within celebrity culture.
The injection temporarily relaxes the facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but when overdone can sometimes leave you looking a little...frozen.
It may be one of the least harmful and risky procedures on this list but it is worth noting that the long-term effects of regular botox treatments are still unknown as it has only been 12 years since it was introduced as a cosmetic procedure.
However, as technology improves and science finds new ways to help slow down the ageing process (for your skin at least), it’s becoming more and more possible that moisturisers can have the same effect as botox.
There are already hundreds of anti-ageing serums and creams that promise to leave you with radiant, younger looking skin, and many of them seem to work - though it’s usually the ones with the higher price tag.
Nose Job VS Contouring
Nose jobs are arguably just as popular for health reasons as aesthetic ones but as they become more accessible to the public, it looks set to be a new fad for young, impressionable girls.
The problem is, rhinoplasty (nose jobs) is one of the most difficult cosmetic surgeries and is actually quite limiting so don’t expect a dramatic new nose at the end of it.
Luckily, thanks to the simple art of makeup, we all now have the power to create the shapes and lines on our face that will give the illusion of cheekbones, chiseled jawlines and a reshaped nose.
It may only be a temporary solution, as once the makeup wipes come out at the end of the day we are faced with the reality, but it is far less painful and cheaper than a nose job.
Face Lift VS ChinUp Mask
The face lift is quickly becoming the new plastic surgery favourite amongst women worldwide, possibly because as a society we are becoming more obsessed with looking young than ever before. It is also known for being one of the less painful surgeries with the least amount of recovery time which can sound hugely tempting. However, keep in mind that it is often a procedure that needs to be carried out alongside botox and other anti-ageing procedures to get the full effect so a facelift alone won’t solve everything.
Alternatively, ChinUp Mask is a 30 minute non-surgical face lift and the perfect solution for people who are insecure about their chin and neck area in particular. The firming and contouring face mask can reduce the appearance of a double chin and lift and tighten the neck area without the pain, risk or cost of cosmetic surgery. It may only be a temporary fix for a permanent problem but it’s a good start.
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